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2013 NCAA Division 1 College Cup Features Record Number of Former McLean Youth Soccer Players

In a landmark achievement for the club, former McLean Youth Soccer (MYS) players are on the rosters of all four Final Four teams in the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship.  When Florida State, Virginia Tech, Virginia and UCLA meet this weekend in Cary, NC, to determine a new National Champion, 12  players who once played for MYS and trained under MYS Technical Director, Clyde Watson, will be participating.

Although MYS has placed more than 80 players in women’s college soccer programs across the country at more than 40 Division I schools since 2008 alone, this year marks a new high point in program history.

In Blacksburg, VA, over the holiday weekend, Virginia Tech blasted past Duke 3-0 after junior Katie Yensen headed in a goal thirteen seconds before halftime.  The VT team put away two second-half goals to finish the contest. Yensen, along with her teammate and sophomore Delia Maresco, played club soccer for Watson on the McLean MPS Strikers team, USYS National Finalists title in 2010.   Fellow Hokie and junior defender Danielle King played for McLean Azul. This marks the first time that Virginia Tech has ever advanced to the College Cup. (Incidentally, the Duke squad also featured another former Strikers player that day, sophomore Kara Wilson.)

The Virginia women's soccer team will make its first trip to the NCAA Cup in 22 years after a 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Michigan last Friday. Senior defender and All-ACC third team selection Molly Menchel provided the winner by tapping the ball over the line off a rebound from the post for her sixth goal of the season. Menchel played on Watson’s McLean Freedom team that won the 2007 US Youth Soccer National Championship.

First-year goalkeeper and ACC All-Freshman honoree Morgan Stearns made one save in goal for Virginia during the quarterfinal, posting her school-record 19th victory of the season. Stearns also played in goal for Watson on the McLean Power team that won the ECNL U17 National B-Flight Championship in 2012. The Virginia squad also features five other McLean/Watson alums: sophomore Jessie Ferrari (McLean Strikers), junior Churchill O'Connell (McLean Dragons), freshman Morgan Reuther (McLean Power), freshman Nicole Johnson (McLean Power) and freshman Tori Hanway (McLean Power).

Knocking out the powerhouse and defending champion North Carolina 1-0 in double overtime Saturday on a golden goal was No. 2 seed UCLA. And though it is far from the Northern VA suburbs where Watson trains his players, Los Angeles has suited former McLean Freedom player, UCLA co-captain and senior midfielder Jenna Richmond well. Richmond has been a perennial standout for the Bruins, recently winning her third career All-Pac-12 selection from the conference.

Finally, No. 1 Florida State rolled past ACC foes Boston College 4-0 on Friday. On Florida State’s roster is freshman Marlo Sweatman, a high school standout and Jamaican National Team player, who played for Watson on the McLean Power.

Below is a complete list of former McLean Players on the 2013 Final Four Squads.

As of Nov. 30, college coaches from 18 Division I schools have extended verbal commitments to more than 23 players from McLean's current crop of U17 and U18 players, including Stanford, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, Tennessee, Villanova and William & Mary.

Background on Clyde Watson

With more than 28 years of professional coaching experience, Clyde Watson is a familiar figure in D.C. area soccer. A prominent member of the Guyana Men's National Team for more than 10 years, Watson graduated from Clemson University, where he was All-ACC all four years. He was a First Team All Star with the New York Eagles of the American Soccer League in 1979, and went on to play for professional teams in Pennsylvania and Detroit.

After transitioning from player to coach, Watson served as assistant coach of the Washington Warthogs, Coach of the University of the District of Columbia, and as assistant coach of the WPS’s Washington Freedom from 2001-2010. Clyde currently serves as both Technical Director and Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Director for McLean Youth Soccer. In addition, he is one of six members of the ECNL Standards Committee, which is developing minimum standards regarding training frequency, coach licensing, facilities and administration/structure for member clubs and coaches within the ECNL.

Clyde was named NSCAA 2007 Youth Girls National Coach of the Year, USYS 2011 Region I Girls Competitive Coach of the Year, and VYSA 2011 Virginia Girls Competitive Coach of the Year. He was also named 1998 Boys Youth Virginia Coach of the Year. He has coached teams to 13 USYS Virginia State Cups, three USYS Region I Championship titles, a USYS National Finalist title (2010, McLean MPS Strikers), and the coveted USYS National Championship title (2007, McLean MPS Freedom). Clyde holds a USSF "B" and  UEFA "A" licenses.  He served as an Assistant Coach to the Washington Freedom in the WUSA 2001-3 and  WPS 2009-10.

ECNL Players Named to Washington Post All-Met Teams

Congratulations to the following MYS ECNL players who were recently named to the Washington Post All-Met teams!

First team:

  • Meghan Flynn, Yorktown 
  • Laila Gray, Chantilly

Second Team:

  • Kaylee Hohein, Westfield
  • Allie Bunner, Patriot

Honorable  Mention:

  • Michelle Burnett, Annandale
  • Tori Collar, Centreville 
  • Grace McGuire, Falls Church
  • Emma Shumway, Yorktown
  • Claire Trevisan,  George Mason
  • Breanna Mitchell, Dominion
  • Arianna Alston, Stone Bridge
  • Rayven Conner, Briar Woods
  • Also Maire Shine, McLean, from MYS Green team.

Congratulations to all the above players!

 

U16G ECNL Force Champions of Mid-Atlantic Conference

McLean ECNL Force 96' has finished their regular season as champions of the ECNL's U16 Mid-Atlantic Conference (13-2-3). In addition to being seeded #6 in the ECNL U16 Champions League Qualification standings, the team was recently ranked #11 nationally by Top Drawer Soccer. The team was undefeated in all three ECNL showcases for the 2012-13 season with a total of 8 wins and 1 tie. The team has been featured in many articles, including the following by Soccer Wire and Top Drawer Soccer.

The team looks to continue its success in the upcoming ECNL National Play-Offs event from June 21-23 in Aurora, CO. 

Congrats to the team and to coach Nadir Moumen for a tremendous season and good luck in the upcoming competition.


ECNL Players Selected for High School Region Team

A number of U17G McLean Fury players have been named to the 2013 All-Northern Region Team.  Congratulations to all!

First team:
Tori Collar, Centreville - ECNL
Maire Shine, McLean - Fury
Meghan Flynn, Yorktown - ECNL/Fury
Laila Gray, Chantilly - ECNL
 
Second team:
Grace McGuire, Falls Church - ECNL
Michelle Burnett, Annandale - ECNL
 
Honorable Mention:
Susie Carter, Madison - ECNL
Rachel McEntire, West Springfield - ECNL
Emma Shumway, Yorktown - ECNL
 

Marlo Sweatman Named to Sanford U18 ECNL All-Event Team

RICHMOND, VA (January 23, 2013) - Marlo Sweatman (2013), midfielder for McLean’s U18 ECNL team (aka MPS Power), was named to the U18 ECNL All-Event Team following the Sanford, FL, National Event December 28-30, 2012. 

 

Sweatman, who was recently called up to the U18 Women’s National Training Camp, has committed to play for Florida State University. This is the second time she has made an ECNL All-Event team.

 

ECNL All-Event Teams are based on nominations from coaches and scouts who evaluate individual and team performances over the course of three-game national showcase events (ECNL holds five such events per year). A total of 170 teams from 50 ECNL Member Clubs participated in the Sanford event.


Midfielder Marlo Sweatman (2013) hones her skills.

Now halfway through its second year in the ECNL, McLean Youth Soccer has had the following players placed on All-Event Teams (scroll down to news items for more details):

Morgan Reuther (FWD-2013): U17 All-Event Team Sanford – 12/2011

Allison Bunner (MID-2013): U17 All-Event Team San Diego – 3/2012 

Kaitlyn Forsht (MID-2015): U15 All-Event Team PDA – 5/2012

Marlo Sweatman (MID-2013): U18 All-Event Team Sanford – 12/2012,  U17 All-Event Team PDA – 5/2012


Morgan Stearns Called Up to Feb. 2-9 U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Training Camp in Carson, California


Goalkeeper Morgan Stearns (2013) in WNT action.

CHICAGO, IL (January 22, 2013) – McLean U18 goalkeeper Morgan Stearns (2013) has been called up to the U.S. Under-20 (U20) Women’s National Team (WNT) training camp from Feb. 2-9 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

 

U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs has called up 24 players for the camp, 13 born in 1994 and 11 born in 1995 (Stearns is a 1995 player). Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1994, are age-eligible for the 2014 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup, to be held in Canada.

 

Stearns (U.S. WNT profile here) is one of ten players called into the camp who were a part of the U.S. U17 Women’s World Cup Team that competed in Azerbaijan from Sept. 22 through Oct. 13, 2012. She plays in goal for Mclean’s U18 ECNL team (aka MPS Power) and is committed to play for the University of Virginia.



McLean MPS Force ECNL '96 Defense is Ranked Among Top Ten in the ECNL U16 Age Group with a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 0.67

MCLEAN, VA (January 10, 2013) – Halfway through its 2012-13 Mid-Atlantic Conference schedule, McLean's U16 ECNL team is on Top Drawer Soccer’s list of the best defenses in the ECNL.

Based on a goals against average per game (GAA) of 0.67 (6 goals against in 9 games played), McLean Force ECNL ‘96 is currently tied for 8th place in a field of 73 U16 teams. Only statistics from conference games were used in the rankings, and only teams that have played more than five games (n=51) were considered. McLean’s U16 team must play nine more games before its Conference play is complete.

As of January 10, 2013, the team had a goal differential (GD) of +14 in Mid-Atlantic play (9 games) and a GAA of 0.75 and GD of +18 if all ECNL results (12 games) are counted. It has achieved a shut-out rate of 42% (5/12) in ECNL competition.

The McLean Force ECNL '96 Defense includes: Alia Abu Hawa (CB - 2015), Karina Castillo (OB - 2015), Sara Grace DeGooyer (OB - 2014), Katelyn Jensen (GK - 2015), Sarah Lipson (OB - 2015), Hannah Natanson (CB - 2015), Jenny Riemer (OB - 2015), and Amber Stearns (CB - 2015).



(L to R) Sidney Tison (2015), Carson Nizialeck (2016) and Ashley Ventura (2017) - Scroll down the news page to see photos of Katelyn Jensen (2015) and Madeline McCracken (2015).

McLean ECNL Players Named to USYS ODP Girls National Training Camps and Region I International Trip Rosters for Spring 2013

FRISCO, TX (January 8, 2013) – Five McLean ECNL players who are also members of the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region I pools in their respective age groups have been selected for ODP honors in 2013, including being invited to the Girls National Training Camp, taking place January 31-February 2, 2013, at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, Ariz., and being selected to represent the U.S. ODP program in Region I International Competitions.

McLean players slated to represent Region I at the training camp in Phoenix include U16 ECNL midfielder Sidney Tison (2015) for the 1997 Age Group and U14 midfielder Ashley Ventura (2017) for the 1999 Age Group. ODP players from the 1997, 1998, and 1999 age groups will represent all four regions of the country at the 2013 National Camp. The invitation-only event will give participants an opportunity to work with some of the nation’s top coaches to improve their playing abilities. The camp schedule is available here.

McLean ECNL players tapped for ODP Region I Team International Trips include: U16 goalkeeper Katelyn Jensen (2015) and midfielder Madeline McCracken (2015), who will both compete in Germany from Feb. 14-24 on the 1997-1996 Region I Team, and U15 midfielder Carson Nizialek (2016), who will compete in Costa Rica from Feb. 14-21 on the 1998 Region I Team.

Congratulations to our players on earning these ODP Region I honors and opportunities in 2013!

MYS ECNL Players Named to ODP Region I Pools:

2012 Region I U15 (1997) ODP Pool (Tison, McCracken and Jensen)

2012 Region I U14 (1998) ODP Pool (Nizialek)

2012 Region I U13 (1999/2000) ODP Pool (Ventura)


McLean U18 ECNL Team Sweeps 2012 Sanford Showcase Event

SANFORD, FL (December 30, 2012) - McLean sent all four of its U15-U18 ECNL teams to Sanford, FL, from Dec. 28-30, to compete in the Club’s second ECNL National Winter Showcase Event. In the 12 games played, McLean teams won six (including four shut-outs), lost four and tied two.

 

The U18 ECNL team made a strong showing for the second year in a row, pulling off a sweep at the event by notching wins against Connecticut FC (2-1), Penn Fusion (1-0) and East Meadow Soccer Club (3-0).

 

The U16 ECNL team went undefeated and won a key match on Day 2 of the event against Southeast Conference Champions Orlando City YS ECNL U16 (2-1), who came to Sanford with a 12-2-2 record and the highest goal total (51) in the U16 ECNL age group. 

 

Sanford results for McLean ECNL teams were as follows:

 

Team (W-L-T)               

U15 (0-2-1) GF: 1  GA: 6   

U16 (2-0-1) GF: 7  GA: 3    1 Shut-out

U17 (1-2-0) GF: 3  GA: 4    1 Shut-out

U18 (3-0-0) GF: 6  GA: 1    2 Shut-outs

 

You can read more about the 2012 Sanford ECNL Showcase here and a list of college coaches who registered to attend the event is available here.


Eight Mclean ECNL Players Make Washington Post All-Met Teams for 2012 Fall Girls’ Soccer

WASHINGTON, DC (December 16, 2012) – Eight McLean players have received 2012 Fall All-Met honors from The Washington Post sports writers for Girls’ High School Soccer. The Post collected nominations from over 250 high schools across the DC Region and then selected the Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, 1st, 2nd, and Honorable Mentions Best Teams.

A total of 69 players earned All-Met recognition and 12% of them (8/69) are current McLean ECNL players.

 

McLean ECNL players, who hail from cities across the greater Washington metropolitan region, compete in both Fall (Maryland/DC & independent schools) and Spring (Virginia) high school soccer. MYS coaches try to balance the Club’s practice and competition schedule to accommodate high school players during both seasons.

The following McLean ECNL players earned All-Met honors for Fall 2012:

 

All-Met First Team

Kara DeGuisto  MIDFIELDER  O'Connell / Senior: Elon recruit teamed with Morgan Reuther on one of the area's top offenses. Tallied 14 goals and 22 assists for WCAC runner-up.

McLean Team: U18 Power ECNL '94 (ECNL Player Profile)

Emily Hester  MIDFIELDER/DEFENDER  National Cathedral School / Senior: Anchored the middle as the Eagles won 16 games on the way to ISL-AA and DCSAA titles. Amherst recruit had eight goals and eight assists.

McLean Team: U18 Power ECNL '94 (ECNL Player Profile)

Morgan Reuther  FORWARD  O'Connell / Senior: WCAC co-player of the year led Knights in scoring each of the past four years. Virginia recruit had 33 goals and 14 assists this fall.

McLean Team: U18 Power ECNL '96 (ECNL Player Profile)

Marlo Sweatman  MIDFIELDER  Flint Hill / Senior: Florida State recruit had 20 goals and seven assists in 17 games. Captain of Jamaica U20 national team.

McLean Team: U18 Power ECNL '94 (ECNL Player Profile)

 

All-Met Second Team

Cali Hutson  FORWARD  O'Connell / Senior: Committed to University of Tennessee.

McLean Team: U18 Power ECNL '94 (ECNL Player Profile)

 

All-Met Honorable Mention

Dana Daniels  GOALKEEPER  Bullis / Senior: Committed to Cornell.

McLean Team: U18 Power ECNL '94 (ECNL Player Profile)

Tori Hanway  MIDFIELDER  National Cathedral School / Senior

McLean Team: U18 Power ECNL '94 (ECNL Player Profile)

Hannah Natanson  FORWARD  Georgetown Day School / Sophomore

McLean Team: U16 Force ECNL '96 (ECNL Player Profile)



Midfielder Madeline McCracken (2015)

Madeline McCracken Selected for ODP Thanksgiving Interregional All-Star Team

FRISCO, TX (Nov. 30, 2012) – Madeline McCracken, who plays as both a Forward and Midfielder for McLean’s U16 ECNL Team (aka, “Force”), was one of only 44 regional ODP players named to an All-Star Team following the US Youth Soccer ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional recently completed in Boca Raton, FL. McCracken was also chosen as Team Captain for her squad. 

 

The All-Star Teams were selected from the approximately 300 players who participated in the six-day event: Four 11-man rosters – one for each of the 1995 through 1998 age groups – were constituted based on outstanding performance.

 

McCracken has played for McLean’s Force ECNL '96 team since its inception in July of 2011. In the first seven games of the 2012-13 campaign, she has racked up two goals and one assist. The U16 team sits in second place in the Mid-Atlantic Conference as of Nov. 30, 2012.

 


McLean ECNL Players Help MPS Force Green ’96 Win the VA GU16 State Cup Championship

RICHMOND, VA (November 4, 2012) – Multiple U16 ECNL players who are dual-rostered to MPS Force Green ’96 helped propel that team to victory in the Virginia Girls U16 State Cup Championship after a dominant final game (3-0) against PWSI Courage Red ’96.

The Force Green ’96 State Cup Roster is composed of girls from the McLean Premier Soccer (MPS) U16 player pool, which includes more than 30 players from both the MPS Travel and ECNL programs. U16 ECNL Head Coach Nadir Moumen coached the Force '96 State Cup team to victory, with MYS Technical Director and ECNL Director Clyde Watson assisting.



Goalkeeper Katelyn "K.J." Jensen (2015) steps out to block a key shot during a Virginia State Cup game on September 29, 2012, in Haymarket, VA. Jensen plays in goal for both McLean's Force ECNL '96 team and Force Green '96 team.


Midfielder Madeline McCracken (2015) plays for McLean's Force ECNL '96 team, reliably guiding the ball through heavy traffic to create scoring opportunities.

McLean U16 Players Named to Region I Roster for ODP Girls Thanksgiving Interregional, Nov. 18-23, 2012 in Boca Raton, FL

FRISCO, TX (October 12, 2102) - Goalkeeper Katelyn Jensen and Midfielder Madeline McCracken have been named to the 18-player Region I roster of 1997 girls for the annual US Youth Soccer (USYS) Olympic Development Program Girls Thanksgiving Interregional, set to take place Nov. 18-23 at Spanish River Athletic Park in Boca Raton, FL. Jensen and McCracken both play for McLean’s U16 ECNL team.

Teams comprised of nearly 300 players from the 2013-2017 graduation classes will participate in the six-day Boca Raton event. The players, selected from USYS State Association and regional evaluations, will train and compete in front of national staff and collegiate coaches. Teams at the event compete on behalf of one of the four USYS regions: Region I (East), Region II (Midwest), Region III (South) and Region IV (West).

From its inception in July of 2011 through September 2012, the McLean U16 ECNL team has achieved a 41% shutout rate in combined ECNL and tournament competition with Jensen in goal – she also serves as Co-Captain of the squad. Attacking midfielder McCracken contributed to the team’s overall +68 goal differential over the same period. Both Jensen and McCracken are Top 150 nationally ranked 2015 players on the Top Drawer Soccer website, along with their U16 teammate, Amber Stearns.

KJ (Katelyn) and Madeline are a pleasure to coach as they are both extremely driven, hardworking players”, said U16 ECNL Head Coach Nadir Moumen. “They will be great assets to the Region 1 team both on and off the field”.


Amber Stearns Called Up to U18 U.S. Women’s National Team Training Camp

CHICAGO, IL (October 5, 2012) - U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs has called up 24 players, including McLean ECNL player Amber Stearns (2015), for the third and final Women’s National Team (WNT) training camp of 2013, Oct. 21-28, at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

 

All players attending the camp were born in 1996 as this camp represents the first event for the next cycle of the U18s (the previous two U18 training camps this year consisted mostly of players born in 1994). Due to age cut-offs, the current group of U18s is focused on the 2016 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup. The U.S. U18s will face the San Diego SeaLions of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) on Saturday, October 27, at 4 p.m. PDT.

 

Stearns helped propel her current U16 ECNL team (aka the “Force”) to a 7th place finish in the U15 Challenge B flight for the 2011-12 season, securing the team a spot in the Top 8 Play-Off group at the National Finals in Waukegan, IL, last June. A veteran of U.S. WNT camps since 2010, Stearns was named to the Chula Vista roster as a defender.

 

Stearns, who will graduate from Johnson High School in San Antonio, TX, in 2015, was invited to play in the 2012 Puma Elite Prospect Showcase last July, along with two of her Force U16 Teammates, midfielder Madeline McCracken and goalkeeper Katelyn Jensen. She is a nationally ranked forward (#2) by Top Drawer Soccer, as well.

 


Amber Stearns (2015), 5'10", plays in a variety of positions for McLean's Force ECNL '96 team, including as Forward, where she racked up five goals and two assists during the 2011-12 campaign. The Force finished with a +26 goal differential in ECNL play.



Goalkeeper Morgan Stearns (2013) stands watch.

Goalkeeper Morgan Stearns on U17 U.S. WNT World Cup Roster

CHICAGO, IL (August 30, 2012) - U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team (WNT) Head Coach Albertin Montoya named the 21 players, including McLean goalkeeper Morgan Stearns, who will represent the U.S. at the 2012 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup being held in Azerbaijan Sept. 22 through Oct. 13, 2012. 

Stearns’ rising U18 ECNL team (aka McLean Power) were crowned  U17 National Champions of the ECNL Challenge B Flight in the 2011-12 season at the League’s National Finals in Waukegan, IL

 

Stearns has committed to play for the University of Virginia starting in the Fall of 2013.


McLean Rising U17 Forward Julia Suarez Selected for “The Chance”

MCLEAN, VA (July 22, 2012) - In conjunction with Nike "The Chance" and US Club Soccer id2, the ECNL invited 96 of the top players in the league from the 1993-1996 birth years to Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, OR, from July 23-25 for a National Training Camp.

MYS ECNL player Julia Suarez was one of the chosen few. Suarez, who plays for McLean’s rising U17 ECNL team, racked up 14 goals and 4 assists during the 2011-12 season.

Players were invited to participate in the National Training Camp based upon their performance in ECNL competitions and in the ECNL / id2 Player Development Programs over the course of the year.

 

After the 3 day camp, 18 players were selected to go to England to play full professional teams and experience the Olympic games with the US Women’s National Team. The camp featured SPARQ fitness testing, Nike product trials, interaction with Mia Hamm, scrimmages, and a red carpet “reveal” party to announce the 18 participants chosen for the international trip.

 

The complete schedule and roster for the 2012 ECNL / id2 National Training Camp presented by “The Chance” is available here.


Forward Julia Suarez (2015)


McLean 35th in ECNL Overall Club Rankings

Solid Finish in First Year of ECNL Competition

RICHMOND, VA (July 3, 2012) - The Elite Clubs National League has announced the 2012 ECNL Overall Club Rankings. McLean Youth Soccer finished the 2011-12 campaign 35th out of 66 clubs – this was one of the top five finishes among 14 new member clubs that joined the League in 2011-12. You can view the final 2012 ECNL Club Rankings here.

MYS earned 138 points for the 2011-12 season, led by the U17 team’s B Flight National Championship victory (44 points) and supported by a 30th place A Flight finish for the U18 team (37 points), a 6th place B Flight finish for the U15 team (31 points), and an 11th place B Flight finish for the U16 team (27 points). You can read more about the ECNL’s scoring system here.

ECNL Overall Club Rankings are based on the final records of all teams in each Club, from U15-U18, and the overall standings of these teams based on points-per-game within their assigned flights. As a newcomer ECNL Club, MYS had three of four teams placed in B Flight competition brackets, limiting the number of points available.

 

The four U15-U18 MYS ECNL teams competed in a total of 16 Mid-Atlantic Conference games for their respective age groups and achieved the following results: U15 placed fourth with a points-per-game average (PPG) of 1.69 and a +23 goal differential; U16 also placed fourth with a PPG of 1.94 and a +7 goal differential; U17 placed sixth with a PPG of 1.44 and a +2 goal differential and U18 placed fifth with a PPG of 1.31 and a +3 goal differential.



June 30, 2012: McLean's U17 Power Win the ECNL B Flight National Championship in Waukegan, IL!!


Nicole Johnson (2013, left) and Morgan Reuther (2013) raise the impressive ECNL B Flight National Championship trophy. The duo hooked up to score two goals in the final game that secured the team's victory.

McLean U17 ECNL Team Crowned B Flight National Champions

Go 3-0 at ECNL Finals in Waukegan

WAUKEGAN, IL (June 30, 2012) – MYS’s U17 ECNL team (aka McLean Power) were crowned  National Champions of the ECNL B Flight after winning all three of their games at the league’s National Finals in Waukegan, IL, from June 28-30.

Coached by MYS Technical Director and MYS ECNL Director Clyde Watson, the Power qualified for the National Finals B Flight “Top 8” Group in Chicago after a season that started in September 2011 and ended this past May. After finishing at the top of their 36-team Flight with only one loss all season, the Power were seeded first for the national title play-offs. 

The Power started the tournament against the U17 Charlotte Soccer Academy team (North Carolina) that went up early in the match by two goals. After that wake-up call, Morgan ReutherNicole Johnson (both committed to play for UVA starting in 2013) and Cali Hutson put goals into the back of the net to overcome the deficit in the second half. That win propelled the team to a semi-final match up against the U17 Washington Premier FC squad (Washington state).

In the Washington match, the Power showcased their defensive strengths. Anticipating very competitive matches, the McLean ECNL staff called up U16 McLean defensive standout Natalia Barrow to play with the Power due to injuries on its usual roster. Barrow, teaming with Evelyn Robinson (committed to play for South Carolina in 2013) at center back, was outstanding. Dana Daniels tended goal for most of regulation, holding the Washington team scoreless. Late in the match Watson substituted keepers, inserting UVA-bound Morgan Stearns into the match to close it out. Despite the prolific scoring of day one, the Power could not generate a goal in regulation or during two overtime periods. The match went to penalty kicks. Stearns was undeniably brilliant in the penalty kick session, stopping two of Washington’s four shots. Meanwhile, Robinson, midfielder Regan Houston (committed to play for William & Mary this coming Fall), Johnson and Hutson converted their penalty kicks, advancing the Power to the finals.

The victory against Washington Premier set up a championship finals match against Minnesota Thunder Academy’s U17 team, who the Power had recently played to a 2-2 draw over Memorial Day weekend in New Jersey. Luckily, coach Watson still had a few tricks up his sleeve. James Madison commit Allie Bunner came into the match mid-way thought the first half and finished a ball into the net to put the Power up one to nothing. Bunner, who had done the same against Minnesota a month before, could play only briefly due to a swelling ankle, but she made the most of her time. Bunner’s cushion was short-lived. At the end of the first half, Minnesota was awarded a free kick, equalizing the score at 1-1.

Was it to be deja vu all over again? Not quite. In the second half, the Power were relentless. The Power’s defense was solid and the mid-field controlled the ball. Johnson twice served balls to Reuther, who had hounded the Minnesota defense throughout the match, and she finished them into the back of the net, clinching a 3-1 victory for the Power and the B flight national championship title. At the very end of regulation play, an unsuspecting Watson received a well-earned Gatorade bath to cool him off in the mid-90 degree heat.

In addition to the players mentioned above, the Power’s roster included Ariana Alston, Carson Cyphers (committed to VCU), Jen Grundy (committed to Rice), Tori Hanway, Emily Hester, Maryfay Jackson, Jess Ku, Lindsey Sawczuk, and Marlo Sweatman (committed to Florida State), Nisrene Tabbara, and Alexandra Wong (committed to VCU). Only Regan Houston will be graduating in 2012, so the remainder of the team will remain intact to try for another national title for McLean in their senior year.

You can read more about the Power’s title game victory here. Extensive media coverage of the ECNL National Finals event can be found here.



McLean U17 ECNL Power: +22 Goal Differential in 14 Qualifying Games, 1st Place U16 B Flight


McLean U15 ECNL Force: +26 Goal Differential in 13 Qualifying Games, 7th Place U15 B Flight

McLean's U17 and U15 ECNL Teams to Compete in B Flight National Finals in Waukegan, IL

MCLEAN, VA (June 22, 2012) - In the Club’s first year of ECNL competition, McLean Youth Soccer’s U17 and U15 squads both finished among the top eight teams in the Challenge B Flights of their respective age groups, thus earning a chance to compete in the 2012 ECNL Challenge B National Finals in Waukegan, IL.

The U17 team (aka McLean Power) finished in 1st place out of 36 teams with a +22 goal differential in 14 qualifying games while the U15 team (aka McLean Force) finished in 7th place out of 36 teams with a +26 goal differential in 13 qualifying games.

"I am proud of what the players have been able to accomplish for McLean, a first year program," said MYS ECNL Director and U17 Head Coach Clyde Watson.

"When you consider our U16 team was one win away from participating in Nationals as well, our program has set a very good foundation. We are excited about our future in the ECNL," he added.

"The girls have worked really hard this year so I am proud that they have earned the right to play for something at the National Championships," added Nadir Moumen, Head Coach of McLean's U15 ECNL team.

McLean’s U17 ECNL team will face the 9th seeded Atlanta Fire in Round #1 on Thursday, June 28, at 4:00 pm (the 8th seeded U17 team is not competing). The complete schedule for the top 8 finishers in the U17 B Flight is here. McLean’s U15 ECNL team will face the 2nd seeded Serono Soccer Club in Round #1 on Sunday, June 24, at 3:30 pm. The complete schedule for the top 8 finishers in the U15 B Flight is here.

McLean’s U16 team finished in 11th place out of 36 B teams in its age group with a +10 goal differential in 17 qualifying games. The team, coached by Brent Leiba, will play against other teams in the U16 B 9-16 Placement competition in Waukegan from June 28-30.

The Elite Clubs National League began with 66 teams in two competition flights, “Challenge A” (30 teams) and “Challenge B” (36 teams). Based on points accumulated in regular season play against same-flight opponents, the top 16 teams in the A Flights of each age group compete for the National Championship and the top 8 teams in the B Flights of each age group compete for the Challenge B National Championship. To learn more about the 2012 ECNL National Finals, click here.

Depending on the outcome of the initial rounds, teams in the B National Finals will advance to Semi-Finals and Finals, or will compete in consolation games. Starting in the 2012-2013 season, the ECNL will abandon the A and B Flight structure and replace it with a regional conference-based approach to National Championship qualification. 

Congratulations to the ECNL teams and their coaches on this achievement!


McLean Midfielders Kaitlyn Forsht and Marlo Sweatman Named to PDA All-Event Teams

ZAREPHATH, NJ (June 13, 2012) - Kaitlyn Forsht, a midfielder for McLean’s U15 ECNL team, and Marlo Sweatman, a midfielder for McLean’s U17 ECNL squad (aka McLean Power), were selected to PDA ECNL All-Event teams for their respective age groups following the 2011-2012 National Showcase Event in Zarephath, NJ, May 26-28. Sweatman has committed to play for Florida State University in the Fall of 2013.

 

ECNL All-Event Teams are selected based upon nominations from coaches and scouts who evaluate individual and team performances over the course of three-game national showcase events (ECNL holds five such events each year).

 

At the PDA event, nine clubs placed at least two players on All-Event Teams and a total of 24 different ECNL Member Clubs were represented among the 33 honored players. A total of 110 teams from 44 ECNL Member Clubs participated in the event, with games taking place at the PDA Soccer Complex.


Midfielder Kaitlyn Forsht (2015) [Scroll down to May 31 news item for picture of Marlo Sweatman (2013)]



Midfielder Allison Bunner (2013)

McLean Midfielder Allison Bunner Named to San Diego U17 ECNL All-Event Team

SAN DIEGO, CA (June 6, 2012) - Allison Bunner a midfielder for McLean’s U17 ECNL team (formerly known as the MPS Power), was selected to the San Diego U17 ECNL All-Event team following the 2011-2012 ECNL National Showcase Event in San Diego, CA, March 31-April 2. Bunner has committed to play for James Madison University in the Fall of 2013.

ECNL All-Event Teams are selected based upon nominations from coaches and scouts who evaluate individual and team performances over the course of three-game national showcase events (ECNL holds five such events each year).


McLean Goalkeeper Morgan Stearns Called Up to June 9 U17 National Team Training Camp

CHICAGO, IL (June 4, 2012) - Morgan Stearns, longtime goalkeeper for McLean’s U17 ECNL squad (aka McLean Power), has been called up by U.S. Women’s National Team (WNT) U17 Head Coach, Albertin Montoya, to a training camp in preparation for the U17 WNT’s World Cup campaign. Stearns has committed to play for the University of Virginia starting in the Fall of 2013.

 

Twenty-six players earned call-ups to the first of three camps that Montoya plans to hold in advance of the World Cup, this one from June 9-16 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. The WNT won the 2012 CONCACAF U17 Women’s Championship on May 12 by defeating Canada 1-0 – the third FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup will be staged in Azerbaijan from Sept. 22 to Oct. 13. 

 


Goalkeeper Morgan Stearns (2013)



Midfielder Marlo Sweatman (2013)

Midfielder Marlo Sweatman (2013) Called Up to U18 National Team Training Camp

CHICAGO, IL (May 31, 2012) - Marlo Sweatman, midfielder for McLean’s U17 ECNL squad (aka McLean Power), has been called up by U.S. Women’s National Team (WNT) U18 Head Coach and Women’s Technical Director, April Heinrichs, to a training camp in preparation for qualifying for the 2014 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Canada. Sweatman has committed to play for Florida State University starting in the Fall of 2013.

Twenty-four players earned call-ups, most of them born in 1994 and a few in 1993, to the June 2-10 camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. 


PDA Showcase: McLean Power Clinch #1 Spot in ECNL U17 Challenge B-Flight

ZAREPHATH, NJ (May 28, 2012) - McLean sent three of its ECNL teams (U15-U17) to Zarephath, NJ, from May 25-27, to compete in the fifth and final ECNL National Event of the 2011-2012 season – the prestigious PDA Girls College Showcase. More than 300 college coaches were in attendance.

By the tournament’s close, McLean’s U17 Power had clinched the #1 spot in the Challenge B-Flight and a chance to become the 2012 U17 B-Flight ECNL National Champions in Waukegan, IL, at the end of June. [The A and B Flight structures will be abandoned for the 2012-2013 season in favor of a national championship post-season based on regional results.]

Congratulations to all of the players and to Head Coach Clyde Watson and Assistant Coaches German Peri and Haytham Mansur on this achievement!

The level of competition at PDA was as intense as the heat and humidity, but MYS teams performed well, racking up a total of six wins, two draws and a single loss over three days of competition. 

Complete PDA results for MCLN teams over the Memorial Day weekend were as follows:

Team (W-D-L)               

U15 (3-0-0)  GF: 7  GA: 4    0 Shut-outs

U16 (1-1-1)  GF: 5  GA: 5    0 Shut-outs

U17 (2-1-0)  GF: 6  GA: 3    1 Shut-out



Forward Morgan Reuther (2013)

Morgan Reuther Named to Sanford U17 ECNL All-Event Team

RICHMOND, VA (January 18, 2012) - Morgan Reuther, a forward for McLean’s U17 ECNL team (formerly known as the MPS Power), was selected to the Sanford ECNL All-Event team following the 2011-2012 ECNL National Showcase Event in Sanford, FL last December. Morgan has committed to play for the University of Virginia in the Fall of 2013.

ECNL All-Event Teams are selected based upon nominations from coaches and scouts who evaluate individual and team performances over the course of three-game national showcase events (ECNL holds five such events each year).


Nine McLean Players Selected for ECNL/id2 Player Development Program (PDP) in Philadelphia

RICHMOND, VA (January 18, 2012) - Congratulations to the following McLean ECNL players, who were selected for the ECNL/id2 Player Development Program training program in Philadelphia for the ‘93-‘96 age groups:

Name, POSITION (Grad Yr) – Birth Yr

Tabitha McHale, FWD (2012) - 1993
Sharon Wojcik, FWD (2012) – 1993
Delia Maresco, MID (2012) - 1994
Marlo Sweatman, MID (2013) - 1994
Lindsay Sawczuk, MID (2013) - 1994
Nicole Johnson, MID (2013) - 1994
Natalia Barrow, DEF (2014) - 1995
Kaila Williams, MID (2014) – 1995
Julia Suarez, FWD (2015) – 1996
Players are selected for ECNL id2/PDP based upon their performance in ECNL competitions and recommendations from coaches. A total of 58 players from Mid-Atlantic Conference ECNL clubs were selected for the January 2012 id2/PDP training. Here's a breakdown of the numbers:


FC Bucks - 11 players

Bethesda SC - 9 players
McLean YS - 9 players
Freestate - 8 players
FC Virginia - 7 players
FC Delco - 5 players
Penn Fusion - 4 players

Virginia Rush - 3 players
Richmond Strikers - 2 players

 

You can read more about the ECNL id2/PDP training here.


McLean Teams Compete in First ECNL National Showcase

SANFORD, FL (January 3, 2012)McLean sent all four of its U15-U18 ECNL teams to Sanford, FL, from Dec. 28-30, to compete in the Club’s first ECNL National Showcase Event.

 

The level of competition was high and, despite mixed results, the competition provided both fun and learning for players and coaches alike. The U17 ECNL team made a strong showing, with three straight victories and two shutouts.

Sanford results for MCLN teams were as follows:
 
Team (W-T-L)               
U15 (1-1-1)  GF: 6  GA: 5    1 Shut-out
U16 (1-2-0)  GF: 4  GA: 3    1 Shut-out
U17 (3-0-0)  GF: 4  GA: 1    2 Shut-outs
U18 (0-0-3)  GF: 3  GA: 14  0 Shut-outs
 
Note: MCLN’s U18 team competes in the “A” Flight of the ECNL.
 
You can read more about the 2011 Sanford showcase here and here.

McLean Ranked Among Top Girls Clubs by Soccer America for 4th Straight Year

WILTON, CT (December 14, 2011) - In December 2011, Soccer America named McLean Premier Soccer as one of the top 30 “Best Girls Clubs” in America in its 2011 annual ranking*. MPS also made the list in 2010, 2009, and 2008.

*Criteria for 2011 Ranking: Soccer America selects the top 30 clubs based on success of their teams in national youth competitions over the last three years (2009-11) and the selection of their players to national youth teams and other national achievements in 2011. Club profiles may reference other accomplishments but accomplishments of former players and the number of players placed in college are not considered.



Goalkeeper Morgan Stearns (2013)

ECNL GK Morgan Stearns Wins First-Ever Korrio Player to Watch Award

RICHMOND, VA (December 2, 2011) - McLean ECNL Goalkeeper Morgan Stearns (2013) has won the first-ever Korrio Player to Watch award from Potomac Soccer Wire. The award is intended to “recognize exciting young players in the Mid-Atlantic region who have made notable achievements or display exceptional talent” and is open (via a nomination process) to boys’ and girls’ players playing under-14 or older, including those who have already begun their college careers.

 

Stearns, 5’10”, plays in goal for McLean’s current U17 ECNL team (aka, the “Power”), despite living in San Antonio, TX, where she temporarily relocated several months ago due to her mother’s military assignment.

 

“Morgan is an absolutely tremendous talent,” said U17 Head Coach and ECNL Director Clyde Watson. “She will continue to grow and I predict that if she overcomes her sometime inconsistency, she can be one of the best goalkeepers in the country.”

 

You can learn more about the Korrio Player to Watch Award here.


Alex Wong Called Up to U18 National Team Training Camp in 2011

MCLEAN, VA (November 28, 2011) - Alex Wong, a defender for McLean’s U17 ECNL team (aka McLean Power), was called up by U.S. Women’s National Team (WNT) U18 Head Coach and Women’s Technical Director, April Heinrichs, into two U18 WNT Camps – the first from Oct. 23-30 at The Home Depot Center in Los Angeles, California, and the second from Dec. 11-18 in Sunrise, Florida.

 

Each camp lasted about a week, and players were evaluated by a team of U.S. WNT coaches.  It was an invaluable experience for Alex, who has committed to play for Virginia Commonwealth University starting in the Fall of 2013.

Defender Alex Wong (2013)

Defender Alex Wong (2013)